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Dusty Springfield

Posted on May 24, 2018 in 60s, ROCK/POP

Britain’s greatest pop diva, Dusty Springfield was also the finest white soul singer of her era, a performer of remarkable emotional resonance whose body of work spans the decades and their attendant musical transformations with a consistency and purity unmatched by any of her contemporaries; though a camp icon of glamorous excess in her towering beehive hairdo and panda-eye black mascara…

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Damian O’Neill

Posted on May 20, 2018 in ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Post-punk, Punk

Damian O’Neill is the lead guitarist in the pop-punk band, The Undertones. He joined the band following the departure of his older brother, Vincent. O’Neill wrote several album tracks and singles during the career of The Undertones, usually writing with bassist Michael Bradley. After the band split in 1983, Damian O’Neill formed That Petrol Emotion with his guitarist brother, John O’Neill…

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Pet Shop Boys

Posted on May 16, 2018 in 80s, Dance, Electronic, New Wave, ROCK/POP, Synthpop

Post-modern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections, Pet Shop Boys established themselves among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era with cheeky, smart, and utterly danceable music. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo navigated the constantly shifting landscape of modern dance-pop…

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Lazy Lester

Posted on May 12, 2018 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Swamp Blues

Contrary to his colorful sobriquet, harpist Lazy Lester swears he never was all that lethargic. But he seldom was in much of a hurry either, although the relentless pace of his Excello Records swamp blues classics “I’m a Lover Not a Fighter” and “I Hear You Knockin'” might contradict that statement…

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Darrell Banks

Posted on May 8, 2018 in 60s, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

Hard-hitting Buffalo soul singer Darrell Banks had a hit right out of the gate with his first single: 1966’s “Open the Door to Your Heart” on the tiny Revilot label. The tune – a propulsive groover with a jumpy tempo, dynamite bass line, and incisive horn arrangement – raced to No.2 on the R&B charts…

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Webb Pierce

Posted on May 4, 2018 in 50s, Country, Singer/Songwriter

Webb Pierce was one of the most popular honky tonk vocalists of the ’50s, racking up more number one hits than similar artists like Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold … For most of the general public, Pierce – with his lavish, flamboyant Nudie suits – became the most recognizable face of country music…

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Slim Harpo

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Swamp Blues

In the large stable of blues talent that Crowley, LA, producer Jay Miller recorded for the Nashville-based Excello label, no one enjoyed more mainstream success than Slim Harpo. Just a shade behind Lightnin’ Slim in local popularity, Harpo played both guitar and neck-rack harmonica…

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Catatonia

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 in 90s, Britpop, Indie, ROCK/POP

The most traditional pop band of all the Welsh bands to emerge in the post-Brit-pop days of the mid-’90s, Catatonia reworked the sound of jangling late-’80s alternative rock with a punchy, amateurish indie rock attack. Comprised of vocalist Cerys Matthews, guitarist/vocalist Mark Roberts…

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Jan Garbarek

Posted on Apr 22, 2018 in JAZZ

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s icy tone and liberal use of space and long tones has long been perfect for the ECM sound and, as a result, he is on many recordings for that label, both as a leader and as a sideman. He had won a competition for amateur jazz players back in 1962, leading to his first gigs…

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Lonesome Sundown

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, Swamp Blues

Unlike many of his swamp blues brethren, the evocatively monikered Lonesome Sundown (the name was an inspired gift from producer J.D. Miller) wasn’t a Jimmy Reed disciple. Sundown’s somber brand of blues was more in keeping with the gruff sound of Muddy Waters…

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